Woman charged after police chase

LAKE PLACID — A Dannemora woman was arrested after leading two different law enforcement agencies on a high-speed car chase from Lake Placid to Saranac Lake Friday night.

New York State Police have charged Meghan McIntosh, 32, of Dannemora with driving while intoxicated, resisting arrest and third-degree unlawfully fleeing police in a motor vehicle. Lake Placid police have charged McIntosh with driving with no headlights or taillights, failure to keep right, depositing refuse on the highway, failure to yield to an emergency vehicle, speeding in a work zone and reckless driving.

Lake Placid village police were the first to come in contact with McIntosh. Lake Placid police officers pulled her over on Saranac Avenue at 11:56 p.m. Friday after they saw she was driving down Main Street with no headlights or taillights on, according to Assistant Police Chief Chuck Dobson. Officers tried to interview her, but police say she became verbally combative and started to throw things out of the car and into the road. When an officer asked her to step out of the car to take a sobriety test, she drove off, according to Dobson. Village police pursued her, but officers in charge eventually called off the chase and alerted State Police to the situation.

State troopers found McIntosh on Knottingdam Road in Ray Brook, not far from where State Police Troop B’s headquarters are located. Troopers tried to get McIntosh to pull over, but she continued to drive away “at a high rate of speed,” according to State Police.

State Police followed McIntosh west on state Route 86 for about three minutes — her top speed was 85 miles per hour — until she entered the village of Saranac Lake. The Saranac Lake Police Department had set up a roadblock there to stop her.

McIntosh was released with an appearance ticket and is scheduled to appear in North Elba Town Court.


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